Ebner in the 2013 NFL postseason.
No. 43 New England Patriots
|Date of birth:December 14, 1988|
|Place of birth: Dublin, Ohio|
|College: Ohio State|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197|
|Debuted in 2012 for the New England Patriots|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
He played rugby on the US age group national team as a junior, and college football at Ohio State. He was chosen by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft, and has played for the team since 2012.
Ebner is from Dublin, Ohio, and is Jewish. His father Jeff Ebner, a former Sunday School principal at Temple Shalom in Springfield, Ohio, was beaten to death in a robbery in 2008 at the family business, Ebner & Sons auto reclamation in Springfield. His father's killer was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. His mother is Nancy Prichett.
Junior rugby career
Ebner was a standout rugby union player on the US age group national team. Ebner was named MVP of the USA team at the IRB Junior World Championship in 2007 (Under 19) and 2008 (Under 20), and at age 17 was the youngest player ever to play in National 7's.
College football career
Ebner attended Ohio State University, where he majored in Exercise Science. Ebner, a preferred walk-on player for the Buckeyes, did not start playing football until 2009, but was considered their best special teams player. Even though he played only a handful of plays from scrimmage at nickelback as a back up, Ebner was a special teams standout.
In 2011 he was voted the team’s most inspirational player, receiving the Bo Rein Award, and the team's best special teams player, earning the Ike Kelley Award. He was a three-time Big Ten Conference All-Academic honoree.
In his 36 career games he had 30 tackles from 2009–11. On Ohio State's Pro Day, he had an unofficial 4.47 40-yard dash time, and 39-inch vertical jump. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 23 times, ran the 60-yard shuttle in 10.99 seconds, recorded a broad jump of 10 feet 8 inches, and had a short-shuttle time of 4.04 seconds and a 3-cone drill time of 6.59 seconds.
New England Patriots (2012–present)
- 2012 season
Ebner was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 197th overall. He signed a four-year contract with a $96,600 signing bonus. He had considered playing rugby had he not been drafted. In his second preseason game, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards.
During his rookie season, Ebner played in all but 1 game, playing in 15 regular season games and both playoff games, and finished second on the team both in special teams tackles (17) and special teams snaps (297, or 61% of snaps). He also played 36 snaps at safety.
- 2013 season
Ebner continued to play primarily on special teams for New England in 2013, playing only sparingly on defense. He played in 15 regular season games, and 2 playoff games. In the Patriots' Week 12 victory over the Denver Broncos, Ebner recovered a muffed punt that hit Broncos cornerback Tony Carter to set up Stephen Gostkowski's game-winning field goal. The recovery capped a franchise-record 24-point comeback.
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- Nate Ebner on Twitter
- Ohio State Buckeyes bio
- New England Patriots bio
- Nate Ebner’s Q&A with the New England media, April 28, 2012